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Call BEFORE you DIG! Dig holes safely to prevent utility line damage!
Digging holes comes naturally to us. After all, it's just dirt. But it's NOT! Electrical wires, sewer, gas, and cable utility infrastructure is just INCHES below the surface of your yard, landscape, campus. Here's who to call! And why...
Call The Common Ground Alliance Before You Dig a Pool, a Ditch, a Trench...or a deep Hole
(CGA), the nation's leading organization dedicated to
protecting underground utility lines and the safety of
people who dig near them, today announced a partnership with
The Home Depot to educate customers on the importance of
calling prior to digging.
Call "811" BEFORE THEY DIG!
57% of diggers don't call...Ouch!
Results from a recent national survey that found more than
half (57 percent) of Americans who plan to dig on their
property this year will not notify their local
call-before-you-dig center by dialing 811, risking serious
injuries, service disruptions and repair costs that can
occur when a line is damaged.
To build awareness of this very important safety message,
The Home Depot and Common Ground Alliance are launching a
partnership that will reach homeowners directly through Home
Depot associates. The partnership includes 811 training for
associates, availability of 811 literature for customers and
placement of 811 stickers and key tags in rental centers and
on rental equipment. The program kicked-off in stores
throughout Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho and Alaska
"We are working to ensure every home improvement project
involving digging begins with a free call to 811. The Home
Depot's leadership and support of this very important
message will advance our common goal to keep our communities
and Home Depot customers safe," said Bob Kipp, CGA
Prevent 75,000 Utility Outages! Reduce Utility Costs!
Failure to call 811 a few days before digging contributed to
an estimated 75,000 underground utility damages and was the
leading reason for underground utility damage in 2009,
according to industry data compiled by CGA.
Among homeowners who plan to dig this year, the most popular
projects include planting shrubs (among 71 percent of
homeowners who plan to dig), planting a tree (57 percent)
and digging to pour concrete to create a patio or walkway
(29 percent). All of these common do-it-yourself (DIY)
projects could damage the underground infrastructure if the
person digging does not know the approximate location of
buried utility lines, according to survey data.
Just Call Already -- A FEW DAYS BEFORE. It's free.
Everyone who calls 811 a few days before digging is
connected to a local one call notification center that will
take the caller's information and communicate it to local
utility companies. A professional locator will then visit
the dig site to mark the approximate location of all
underground utility lines with spray paint or flags. Once a
site has been marked, it is safe to begin digging carefully
around the marked areas.
The Common Ground Alliance is a member-driven association of nearly 1,400
individuals, organizations and sponsors in every facet of
the underground utility industry. Established in 2000, CGA
is committed to saving lives and preventing damage to
American underground infrastructure by promoting effective
damage prevention practices. CGA has established itself as
the leading organization in an effort to reduce damages to
underground facilities in North America through shared
responsibility among all stakeholders. For more information,
visit CGA on the web at http://www.commongroundalliance.com.
Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions